Finding a job you like and making a career out of it is one of the most important things you can do in life. Professor and coach Carol Morgan recently wrote a blog for Huffington Post Women with her seven top tips for helping your career soar.
1 Know your passion and turn it into an objective
Morgan says the ability of self-assessment and planning doesn’t come naturally to the majority of people. However, she says it is a skill that can be learned. Brainstorm your ideas to a friend or loved one and find out how to turn it into a career.
2 Create a visualisation
If you’re one of those people who has a heard time imagining what your goal looks like, make it physical. Create a vision board with words, photos and whatever else represents your ideal career. It helps you focus on your goal.
Most PAs will have this drilled into their minds by now, but it’s always worth repeating. Find people who are doing what you want to do and connect with them. Try to get in touch with people who work at companies you want to get in with so they can recommend you the next time your ideal PA role comes up.
4 Keep learning
The best way to impress potential employers – or even the top boss at your current company – is to know your stuff. Pick out some training courses that will look good on your CV and give you the skills to do your job better.
5 Find a mentor
Networking with other PAs gives you an outlet to ask for advice, but a mentor can be a real rock throughout your career. They’re the one person you can turn to for definitive answers about the ins and outs of the industry.
6 Practise your speech
Business people overseas call it an “elevator speech”. It’s a short description of yourself and what you do and should only take about the time it takes somebody to go up in a lift. It comes in handy when you’re at industry events because it gives you a way to sell yourself in informal situations.
7 Social media is key
Social media is fast becoming one of the most powerful tools in the business world, so it’s essential to familiarise yourself with LinkedIn, Twitter and even Facebook. While the latter two are more personal, it’s important to remember that head hunters and potential employers can easily find your profiles by Googling your name, so don’t post anything that might harm your character. That being said, use it to your advantage; connect with people in the industry and grow your network to look well regarded.
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